Thursday, 15 May 2014
Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.1 Corinthians 4:2
Verse 2 begins with “moreover.” This builds upon verse 1 which said, “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.” In addition to this, or “moreover,” Paul now notes that “it is required…” Literally, this phrase is “it is sought for” or “it is expected.” If one is a steward of another, then they are responsible to their master. Certain things must be accomplished, certain qualities are looked for, and certain standards must be maintained.
In such a state it is required “that one be found faithful.” His words here certainly reflect the mindset of Jesus’ words in Luke 12:42, 43 –
“And the Lord said, ‘Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.'”
The logic is that 1) Jesus Christ is the Master; 2) He selects His stewards; 3) He gives His instructions for proper stewardship (these are found in the Bible); 4) He will search out our works, attitudes, and results to determine our faithfulness.
Life application: Have you received Jesus Christ as your Savior? If so, you have become a “steward” or “servant” of Christ. Are you learning His instruction manual? Are you executing your duties according to that manual? This is our one shot at doing these things before we stand before His judgment seat. Make sure to do them diligently and correctly!
How great, splendid, and awesome You are, O God. You placed the galaxies in the heavens and set them in motion. And yet you are aware of every bumblebee that goes about its business of collecting nectar to make honey. How can such wisdom and power be! How magnificent are Your ways. Thank You for allowing me to be a part of Your wondrous creation and to behold Your revealed glory with my two unworthy eyes. Amen!